Quiet…an endangered species

I don't eat margarine anymore because somewhere along the way chemists (who invented the stuff in the first place) discovered that the hydrogenated oils in it are horrible for your body.  I try to ride my bike to work more than my car because we've also learned that the big behemoth of a convenience that we call an automobile contributes to a form of atrophy.  First the car, then the elevator--who needs legs?  Turns out my pump called a heart needs legs, and if I don't use them the whole … [Read more...]

Why now? Why hope? Why colors? Why art?

I just returned from an inspiring afternoon with a few hundred people, interacting around the topics of the gospel and social justice, and I wanted to take a moment and share why I'm so passionate about this topic, and hence the book I've just written.  My hope and prayer is that this new book finds its way into many hands because I believe that millions are floundering in their faith, or on the sidelines, or simply having the wrong conversations because they've not yet truly grasped the … [Read more...]

Why now? Why hope? Why colors? Why art?

I just returned from an inspiring afternoon with a few hundred people, interacting around the topics of the gospel and social justice, and I wanted to take a moment and share why I'm so passionate about this topic, and hence the book I've just written.  My hope and prayer is that this new book finds its way into many hands because I believe that millions are floundering in their faith, or on the sidelines, or simply having the wrong conversations because they've not yet truly grasped the … [Read more...]

Weekend links: Bin Laden de-brief and book news

Bin Laden and discernment:  I don't know if you heard anything about this, but Bin Laden was killed this past week.  Yep... some Navy SEALs snuck into the Pakistan and shot him dead.  The rest of the week offered a flood of news stories, though the word "new" isn't accurate, because the flood that rushed in wasn't "news;" it was opinion. One blogger writes:  Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated killing carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us. Are … [Read more...]

Weekend links: Bin Laden de-brief and book news

Bin Laden and discernment:  I don't know if you heard anything about this, but Bin Laden was killed this past week.  Yep... some Navy SEALs snuck into the Pakistan and shot him dead.  The rest of the week offered a flood of news stories, though the word "new" isn't accurate, because the flood that rushed in wasn't "news;" it was opinion. One blogger writes:  Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated killing carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us. Are … [Read more...]

Slow down, breathe deep, pay attention

Spring is the season for micro-vistas.  In the winter I re-create by getting outside, in the snow, and on the best days I'm swishing down a hill paying nothing other than split second attention to the ground beneath my feet.  Then, on the way back up I'll look out...out...out:  to the ridge across the canyon with it's overhanging cornices of snow, or the summit of Mt. Baker, or Mt. Rainier.  The beauty is absorbed through the macro experience.  Seeing the nuances of shadow and light, of … [Read more...]

Hope has primary colors…

...and those colors aren't personal peace and prosperity ("give me my stuff and leave me alone"), individualism, and "heaven when I die." Or perhaps I should say, those aren't God's primary colors.  I love how God has taken all the complexity of religion, and boiled it down to the essence, down to three imperatives, three colors: Do justice - like my friends at International Justice Mission who are working to end human slavery, or my friend Walter who's saving women out of slavery in Ghana, or … [Read more...]